A cocaine shipment's bloody passage through many hands from Colombian coca fields to the U. By Dennis Harvey. That aunt is a federal agent Leslie Bibb for whom the war on drugs just got very personal. Meanwhile a high-rolling dealer Laurence Fishburne is getting a little too familiar with his own powdery wares, somehow surviving an epic nasal debauch that leaves two less-fortunate prostitutes dead in his bed. Well outside the capital, the cycle of narco-commerce originates with the low-paid toil of a farmer Clifton Collins Jr.
They harvest coca leaves, do the initial processing and hike each new load of cocaine bricks to the next carrier in a near-endless line of mules. Less valuable are the many lives judged expendable en route.
Given various attempted robberies, police searches, double-crossings, federal investigators interfering with the transit process and other obstacles, this is no doubt an exceptionally corpse-strewn odyssey.
No one here gets a proper name, in fact. What might in other hands have played as a tragedy is lent further emotional distance by the fact that there are almost no innocent victims here. Nearly everyone who suffers a grim fate is already implicated, in one way or another. His cast is admirably poker-faced and droll for the most part, including the more typically gonzo Cage in wry, world-weary mode, and Fishburne in the kind of slave-to-hedonistic-excess role that would normally go to his co-star.
When these two finally get several scenes together, their chemistry mixes well, as do other match-ups along the way. Particularly good are Bibb, as an all-business Fed who turns out to have a seriously caustic side, and Adam Goldberg as a hapless user-turned-snitch.
His funny performance is not at all compromised by having to spend considerable time hanging from a chain in bikini briefs. Duly shot on location albeit with some fudging, as when New Mexico mountains sub for scenes set on the Canadian border , the Colombia-U. Home Film Reviews. Sep 19, pm PT. MPAA rating: R. Running time: MIN. Production: U. Producers: Jim Steele, Michael Mendelsohn. Crew: Director, writer: Jason Cabell.
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